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The joy over the opening of the new Buriram football stadium was diminished by news that a bus carrying fans of the opposing team had crashed, killing seven and injuring more than 40. 

Spectators and players of Buriram PEA and Chiang Rai United FC observe a minute’s silence to mourn the death of fans of the Chiang Rai team who died in a bus accident in Lop Buri Saturday. The fans were on their way to watch the match in Buri Ram.

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Tragedy mars stadium opening

It should have been a joyous occasion.

Saturday night, Buriram PEA football club held its first match in its new 24,000-capacity, 400 million baht stadium and came away with a resounding 5 – 0 victory.

The opposing side, Chiang Rai United FC, was clearly not at is best, however, and many people wondered if that match should have been played at all.

That same morning, a bus carrying its fans crashed on its way to the match, leaving seven dead and more than 40 others injured.

The bus, which carried about 50 supporters of Chiang Rai United FC, was en route from Chiang Rai to the stadium in Muang district of Buri Ram, where the match with Buriram PEA was scheduled to kick off at 6pm.

Police quoted witnesses as saying the bus was travelling at high speed when a truck cut into its lane, forcing the driver to make a sudden turn to avoid a collision.

The bus careened off the road and into a ditch 10m below.

Rescue workers inspect the wreckage of a passenger bus carrying Chiang Rai United FC fans that careened into a 10m ditch after being cut off by a truck in Lop Buri.

Seven passengers died instantly in the accident.

Thunder Castle Buriram PEA coach Attapon Butsapakom expressed his deep regret at the tragedy, adding that it was a huge blow for a sporting team.

"I want to take this opportunity to send my good wishes and support to the players and fans of Chiang Rai FC," Mr Attapon said before kick-off.

Chiang Rai FC main striker Wasan Natasan said he felt very sorry for the loss of his team's fans.

"I encourage every football club to take lessons from this accident when they and their fans travel for competition," the player said.

Yesterday's match kicked off after spectators and players from both teams observed a minute's silence to mourn the deaths of the Chiang Rai FC fans.

Adapted from an online story from bangkokpost.com

spectator – a person who watches an activity, especially a sports event, without taking part ผู้เข้าชม
silence – complete lack of noise or sound  ความเงียบ
observe a minute’s silence – to be silent for one minute
mourn – to feel extremely sad because someone has died and to express this in public ไว้อาลัย, ไว้ทุกข์, เศร้าโศก
tragedy – a very sad event that causes people to suffer or die โศกนาฏกรรม
mar – to spoil something ทำให้เสียหาย
joyous – very happy สนุกสนาน, เบิกบาน, มีความสุข
occasion – a special event, ceremony or celebration โอกาส, งาน
capacity – the total amount or number that can be contained ปริมาณสูงสุดที่จะรับได้
resounding – very great อย่างเด่นชัด, อย่างยิ่งใหญ่
opposing side – rival; a person, group, team or business that competes with another คู่ต่อสู้, คู่ปรับ, คู่แข่ง
injured – hurt in an accident or attack ซึ่งได้รับบาดเจ็บ
en route – on the way; while travelling from/to a particular place ระหว่างทางไปถึงจุดหมายปลายทาง
scheduled – planned to happen at a particular time or day ตามตารางเวลา
quote – to repeat the words that someone else has said or written ยกคำพูดมา
witness – a person who sees something happen  ผู้ที่เห็นเหตุการณ์
avoid – to try to prevent something from happening หลีกเลี่ยง
collision – an accident in which a vehicle or person that is moving crashes into something  การชนประสานงา
careen – to move forward very quickly especially in a way that is dangerous or uncontrolled  เคลื่อนที่อย่างเอียงไปเอียงมาและควบคุมไม่ได้
ditch – a long narrow open channel dug into the ground usually at the side of a road or field, which is used especially for supplying or removing water, or for dividing land คูน้ำ
rescue worker – a person who save someone from a dangerous or unpleasant situation ผู้ช่วยชีวิต
wreckage – the parts of a vehicle or building that remain after it has been severely damaged ซากตึกบ้านเรือนที่ถูกทำลาย
inspect – to look at something carefully ตรวจสอบ
instantly – immediately ทันที
regret – a feeling of sadness about something sad or wrong and a wish that it could have been different and better ความเสียใจ,ความเศร้าโศก
blow – an event that damages your chances of success สิ่งที่ทำให้เกิดความเสียหาย
striker – a football player whose job is to stay near the opponent’s goal and to score goals การบุกในกีฬาฟุตบอล
encourage – to cause someone to want to do something กระตุ้น ให้การสนับสนุน

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